Discovering The Magic Kingdom

The ultimate Disneyland book!

Blog

Alan Tudyk's Many Voices

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on March 6, 2016 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (0)


Alan Tudyk was the voice of Duke Weaselton in Zootopia (2016), which was a play on the character the Duke of Weselton in Frozen (2013), who was referred to as the Duke of Weaselton. He was also the voice of King Candy in Wreck-It Ralph (2012) and Alistair Krei in Big Hero 6 (2014)....

Read Full Post »

Ward Kimball: Animator and one of Walt's Nine Old Men

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on March 4, 2016 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)


Ward Kimball (March 4, 1914 – July 8, 2002) joined Disney in 1934 in the animation department. His works includes Lucifer, Jaq, Gus and the other mice in Cinderella (1950), the Crows, Dumbo and Timothy Mouse in Dumbo (1941), Jiminy Cricket in Pinocchio (1940), the Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat,...

Read Full Post »

Imagineer Leota Toombs

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on February 27, 2016 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Disney Imagineer Leota Toombs provided the face for Madam Leota in The Haunted Mansion. Before working on The Haunted Mansion project, she worked on The Enchanted Tiki Room. This photo was from National Geographic around 1963.


20 MORE Disneyland Fun Facts You Don't Know

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on September 7, 2015 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)


I have seen lots of blogs written titled “Things You Didn’t Know About Disneyland” or something similar. People would post them on my wall or tag me in the posts so I could read through them. The problem is I knew them all already, or they were very common Fun Facts like “Walt’s apartment above the f...

Read Full Post »

Dumbo Opened Late

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on August 16, 2015 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Dumbo The Flying Elephant opened almost 1 month after Disneyland opened. It was originally located over by Village Haus Restaurant, but was relocated to it's present location in 1983. It replaced The Chicken Of The Sea Pirate Ship Restaurant.

Dumbo Used To Have Working Ears

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on August 16, 2015 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (1)


FUN FACT: Dumbo The Flying Elephant was supposed to open when the park did, but because of issues with the 700 pound fiberglass prototypes, they had to wait. Dumbo originally had ears that flapped up and down, but they proved problematic, so the ears just stayed locked into place until the mid-1960’s when the ...

Read Full Post »

Disney Princess Siblings

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on August 7, 2015 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)


FUN FACT: Merida, Ariel, and Anna are the only official Disney princesses to have biological siblings.

Spirited Away Is Top Grossing In Japan

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on August 7, 2015 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)


FUN FACT: Spirited Away was released in 2001 and has made almost $500 million worldwide ($330 million in Japan) since it’s release, making it the top grossing film of all time in Japan, trumping Titanic’s intake in Japan which held the top spot.

Margaret Kerry Was The Voice Of The Mermaid

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on August 3, 2015 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)


FUN FACT: Peter Pan: The voice of the red-haired mermaid when she says "We were only trying to drown her" was provided by Margaret Kerry. She spent 6 months with the animators for Peter Pan pantomiming out the movements for our favorite pixie, TinkerBell.

The Mermaids On Peter Pan

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on July 31, 2015 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

When you fly over the mermaid lagoon one of the mermaids resembles Ariel from The Little Mermaid (1989). She was not intended to look like Ariel, this is a myth that one hopes to be true. Since this attraction was built in 1955 and refurbished in 1983, the film did not yet exist. On the other hand, the mermaid in the mermaid ...

Read Full Post »

Disney Concept Art

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on July 26, 2015 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (5)


When creating an animated Disney film, Disney animators draw concept art to see if they like the look of a character before settling on the one that they end up using. Here are a few examples;

Aladdin

Read Full Post »

Barbara Luddy and her Disney Voice Work

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on July 25, 2015 at 3:05 AM Comments comments (1)


FUN FACT: Barbara Luddy (1908-1979) is best known for her roll as Lady from Lady and the Tramp (1955). But she had many other rolls she played for Disney;

Merryweather from Sleeping Beauty (1959)

Mother Church Mouse from

Read Full Post »

Princess Aurora Has Almost No Dialogue

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on July 23, 2015 at 2:30 AM Comments comments (2)

FUN FACT: Princess Aurora, from Sleeping Beauty (1959), has fewer lines of dialogue than any other main character in the other Disney movies.

She has a total of 28 lines. All of the speaking she does, she does as Briar Rose. Once she finds out she is Aurora, she doesn’t speak again.

Here are all of her lines;

1. Well, and wh...

Read Full Post »

Who Is Behind It All

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on July 17, 2015 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (1)

Everyone is always focusing on Walt, or Mickey Mouse, the attractions, the shows, the princesses, the shows, the smells, and the way they feel when they are in the park.

Most people out there don’t know WHO created and put together all the aspects of the things that we love to see and do when we visit Disneyland. There were hundreds of Imagineers, painters, sculptors, ...

Read Full Post »

20 Disneyland Fun Facts You Don't Know

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on July 16, 2015 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (3)

I have seen lots of blogs written titled “Things You Didn’t Know About Disneyland” or something similar. People would post them on my wall or tag me in the posts so I could read through them. The problem is I knew them all already, or they were very common Fun Facts like “Walt...

Read Full Post »

Song Lyrics

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on July 8, 2014 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (2)

Come and sing along. Here are the lyrics to some of our favorite songs in the park.

"The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room" 

By Robert and Richard Sherman

Read Full Post »

Two Quicksilvers?

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on May 24, 2014 at 3:45 AM Comments comments (1)

Blew my mind while watching "X-Men: Days Of Future Past." They were both in "Kick-Ass" together, and then are both playing Quicksilver, the son of Magneto. Aaron Taylor-Johnson was Quicksilver in Captain America: Winter Solder and in the upcoming Avengers 2: Age Of Ultron, Evan Peters was Quicksilver in X-Men: Days Of Future Past.

Read Full Post »

Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are twins

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on May 24, 2014 at 3:35 AM Comments comments (10)

Saw "Godzilla" and realized they were just siblings at the end of "Captain America: Winter Soldier," and will be again in "Avengers 2: Age Of Ultron." Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) are both twin siblings of Magneto aka Erik Maximoff (Michael Fassbender).

Read Full Post »

Once Upon A Time Characters

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on May 15, 2014 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (1)

The listing of the Once Upon A Time characters with their fairy-tale counterparts.

All Of Stan Lee's Marvel Cameos

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on March 21, 2014 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Here you can see all of Stan Lee's cameos in the Marvel movies.

The Trial Of The Incredible Hulk (1989) - He plays a jury member in his first cameo appearance.

X-Men (2000) - A hot dog vendor seen when Robert Kelly emerges from the sea after escaping Magneto.

Spider-Man (2002) - Saves a youn...

Read Full Post »